As promised in this post, here is a shot of this beautiful old, recently-restored sign near my house. The first time I posted a shot of this sign, I used color film in my then recently-acquired Olympus OM-10 camera. This time, I used my trusty original silver Canon Digital Rebel. I shot in RAW, which is something I don’t normally do because I don’t like having to fiddle with my shots if I don’t have to. This is the result of my first attempt at RAW developing with Adobe Lightroom, and I have to say that I was impressed with the ease of making adjustments and pleased with the quality of the result. I may have to get this one printed and framed.
You can find a lot of things on Craigslist – a car, a sofa, a slightly-used copy of of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo Gamecube, maybe even true love. But did you know that you can also find abundant design inspiration there?
Much has been written about the pros and cons of constantly seeking out inspiration as a designer. Some say that the continual search for creative spark in other’s work will make our own work stale and derivative, simply parroting the prevailing design trends. Others counter that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and everything comes from something else, the trick being to take inspiration from something and make it your own.
I tend to fall into the latter camp, maintaining a sizable Evernote notebook of web clippings that have struck me as particularly interesting. I don’t, however, limit my inspiration mining to the typical places like Dribbble, ffffound, and Designspiration. One of the more unusual places I find things that inspire me is Craigslist. Continue reading